While all of these resources contribute mightily to understanding the influence and cultural significance of a given recording, substantial gaps remain in the discographic
record unless one can obtain and assess the recordings themselves.
Basing his research on the business records of Dial founder Ross Russell (now housed at the University of Texas at Austin) and on personal contact with Russell and Tony Williams (owner of Spotlight Records, whose reissue efforts have kept these recordings in print through the LP and now into the CD era), Komara has compiled the definitive discographic
statement on Parker's Dial material.
128-30); abbreviations are usually obvious in their meaning, and the copious information provided includes alternative titles, duration, incipits for the two versions of the piece, details of first performances and recordings, and bibliographic and discographic
For each work, Drucker provides the date of composition, duration, publisher, and dedication; he also lists one or two libraries owning a copy and provides discographic
For any particular recording, one finds the expected discographic
information: label, catalog and matrix numbers, performer(s), instrumentation, recording date and locale, composer credits and dates (when available), although the data does not include session musicians.
The song entries do not mention he composers or lyricists, and the discographic
citations give only principal artist, title, and label.
Still, in the concluding chapter, "Bach 2000 und wie weiter?" ("Bach 2000, and then?"), there is a strong suggestion that the author's discographic
interests in the music of Bach are basically mainstream.
Gracyk and Hoffmann successfully avoid providing too much discographic
esoterica that can be found elsewhere and instead strive for readability and providing historical Context that discographies lack.
With the exception of an introduction and opening note in German (less than one page each), the entire volume consists of straightforward discographic
entries, readable by anyone who is musically literate.
In alternating issues, a discographic
essay focusing on a specific genre, historical period, instrument, or style of music is featured.
It includes detailed liner notes along with some of the source recordings the Ramblers used and discographic
details for all by Ray Allen.